The Walled Garden at Cowdray

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No 1 River Ground Stables Cowdray Ruins Cowdray Park Midhurst West Sussex West Sussex GU29 9AL
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About The Walled Garden at Cowdray

No 1 River Ground Stables, Cowdray Ruins
Cowdray Park, Midhurst West Sussex
West Sussex, GU29 9AL

Dreaming of hosting an English country garden wedding in the height of summer? The Walled Garden, set against the stunning backdrop of Cowdray Ruins in Midhurst, is one of the most established wedding venues in West Sussex. It’d be perfect for your outdoor wedding celebrations. 

This attractive and familiar landmark adjacent to Cowdray Ruins boasts a stunning walled garden as well as two large rooms suitable for weddings. The building has a civil ceremony license, allowing you to host your entire day in one space, and it can host weddings for up to 100 guests. You can either get married in the garden, underneath the honeysuckle and rose adorned Pavillion, or inside the Castle Room or Courtyard Room. Both of these indoor spaces are charming and rich in history. 

After you’ve said your vows, you and your guests can make the most of the gardens by enjoying reception drinks, playing garden games and taking photographs. The photo opportunities at this wedding venue are plentiful. 

When it comes to your food, The Walled Garden works with renowned caterer Caper & Berry to ensure everything your guests eat on your wedding day is delicious. Both teams know that catering is one of the most important parts of your day, so every dish will be served with a sense of style and occasion. Where possible, all ingredients are sourced locally with sustainability an important consideration at all times. Not only will your wedding breakfast taste delicious but it’ll be visually stunning, too. 

It’s this attention to detail which makes The Walled Garden so special. The team at Cowdray’s Walled Garden are here to help with every aspect, whether you’re hosting an intimate gathering or something large and lavish. 

For more information on the kinds of weddings The Walled Garden can host, do not hesitate to get in touch.  

• Nestled in the heart of the West Sussex countryside against a backdrop of Cowdray Ruins • Licensed for civil ceremonies for up to 100 guests • Exclusively catered for by renowned Caper & Berry • Option of saying your vows outside • Hundreds of photo opportunities in the gardens

Facilities at The Walled Garden at Cowdray

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Exclusive Use
In the Country
Outdoor License
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Alcohol Licence
Corkage Option
Capacity :
Less than 30 guests
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
Other Features :
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking

The Walled Garden at Cowdray Reviews (23)

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By Andrea Sanders, on 17 Aug 2018Date of Wedding - 16 Aug 2018

We had the best day at The Walled Garden yesterday despite some fairly rubbish weather . Jan and the team have been amazing from start to finish and every thing was perfect . We had an afternoon tea wedding and our guests said it was so refreshing to have such a laid back casual wedding. I would recommend this venue to any couple looking for a stunning venue at a reasonable price .

Best day and venue ever
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By Emily Crossland, on 08 Sep 2018Date of Wedding - 28 Jul 2018

We got married here at the end of July. It is such a beautiful venue. The gardens were in full bloom and looked lovely. We were so lucky with the weather the sun was out but had cooled out so we didn't melt in the gardens. From the time of booking to the day we got married Jan was improving the venue. Jan and Mike were helpful and welcoming whenever we visited or contacted them. The men often talked sport as there was some football or cricket game on when we visited. The venue allowed for a relax reception and all the guests have commented saying it was the best location. There is a good balance of space inside and out. The fact the the tables are in a separate room to the band/music means people can still stay sitting and talking and don't have to shout over the music. Jan has a good list of suppliers to help you choose or you can bring your own in as long as they have all the relevant insurances etc. I wouldn't have changed a thing, and will make sure I carry on visiting these gardens for all the great memories. Thank you Jan and Mike xx

Intimate and informal
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By Casey and Stuart, on 14 Feb 2018Date of Wedding - 24 Jul 2017

Dear Jan and Mike We just wanted to say a huge thank you to you both for making our wedding day so very special. Your unique Walled Garden was every bit as gorgeous as we had hoped, and the time and effort you took to make it ‘our’ event was much appreciated. Having everyone gathered around the rose arbour and fountain made it seem much more intimate and informal, and matched the tone of our wedding perfectly so we can highly recommend it. We have had lots of lovely comments from our guests about the venue as a whole, both outside and inside spaces; the gardens were truly magical and we are purposely took time during the day to have a bit of ‘us’ time in which to enjoy such gorgeous surroundings. Your supplier list was also really useful – we cannot recommend Zoe Collyer, Buns to Banquets or Angel like Flowers highly enough without going into rambling lists of adjectives – suffice to say they understood our brief exactly and got the level of detail we were looking for, but made the whole admin side of the wedding enjoyable with perfection on the day… We’re still on cloud nine, and will definitely be back down to see you soon – starting and then ending our wedding ‘week’ in the Walled Garden seemed very apt. Many thanks to you both and indeed all of your team once again.

Helpful and supportive from the time we booked
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By Katrina and Mike, on 14 Feb 2018Date of Wedding - 14 Jul 2017

I would like to say what a lovely wedding we had at the Walled Garden on Friday 14th July 2017, Jan was helpful and supportive from the time we booked through to being there on the day to make sure everything was as we wished. The beautiful gardens were admired by all our guests and the whole feel of the day was one of relaxed picturesque tranquillity. There was lots of room for the children to play and the whole venue inside and out gave a perfect feeling for our friends and family to enjoy our wedding. We had Joe Keeley catering on the day and all his food was of superb quality, many of our guests commented on the five star taste and presentation of all his menu. Joe and his staff were very professional throughout the day and I would recommend him to anyone having a function and wanting food to impress. We also took advantage of photos in the ruins opposite and had them lit during the evening which gave a lovely backdrop to an amazing venue. This made for a perfect wedding.

Offered excellent advice and guidance
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By Alex and Callum, on 14 Feb 2018Date of Wedding - 10 Jul 2017

My wife and I were absolutely delighted with The Walled Garden as our wedding venue on the 10th July this year. We couldn't have been more impressed with Jan and her team- it was a perfect day. From our first meeting with Jan she was incredibly welcoming and friendly, informative and professional and the venue and gardens themselves are stunning. The Walled Garden is perfect for weddings of all sizes and we fell in love as soon as we walked through the oak door. Jan walked us through every stage of the wedding, offered excellent advice and guidance and was always on hand if we needed to discuss anything with her and on the day was there to ensure that everything ran smoothly, contributing to a wonderful day. We can't recommend the Walled Garden highly enough and my wife and I will return again and again to remind ourselves of our special day. Thank you so much xx

A magical place
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By Robert, on 14 Feb 2018Date of Wedding - 08 Jul 2017

Robert and I would like to thank you very much indeed for helping to make Amelia and Matthew's wedding day so special. The Walled Garden was looking spectacular - a magical place.

Stunning day! Stunning venue!
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By Larissa Condon, on 09 Jul 2018Date of Wedding - 23 Jul 2016

To Jan and the team - thank you so much for helping to make our day so incredibly special! The Walled Garden at Cowdray is unique, it is an absolutely stunning venue, set within the grounds of Cowdray Park & ruins. The garden and venue itself are beautiful, the surrounding area really dramatic. It is only a short walk (probably not in heels) to Midhurst town - we hired The Angel for the weekend. We would really recommend a visit even if its just for a day out. Jan and her team are super efficient, incredibly helpful and allowed us to plan and bespoke our perfect day. Everyone we used on the supplier list was fantastic. We can't recommend highly enough. Stunning!

Couldn't recommend this venue enough - it's perfec
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By Chris Pirson, on 05 Nov 2015

We chose The Walled Garden as our wedding venue for our ceremonies in October of 2015. My wife and I fell in love with the Garden as soon as we walked in as it's in such a fantastic location and is immaculately presented. Jan walked us through everything and was always helpful and approachable and was available 24 hours a day. We had a handfasting ceremony on the lawn and a civil ceremony in the Castle room, both of which were wonderful and the garden looked amazing. Even in October there were roses in bloom, the apple trees were covered in fruit and the garden was full of life.

Absolutely amazing!
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By Grace Wicks, on 02 Sep 2015

My husband and I got married at this beautiful venue on Sunday 30th August. It was an amazing day from start to finish. Our guests were constantly complimenting us on our choice of venue and we couldnt fault a thing! Jan and her team were so helpful and were always willing to answer any questions that we had. I would definitely recommend this venue, it was a truly magical setting for our wedding.

Richard Hamilton's & Priya Jacob's Wedding.
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By Rosalind and John Hamilton, on 25 Aug 2015

The Walled Garden is an outstandingly beautiful setting for a summer wedding. Richard and Priya, whose wedding took place on 23rd July 15, loved its medieval connection and its proximity to Midhurst's facilities. Jan and her assistants were extremely efficient, knowledgeable and helpful throughout. There were numerous children and we were concerned about how they would cope with the long day. In the event they "had a ball" entertaining themselves in the spacious garden. We thoroughly recommend the Walled Garden as a perfect venue for a happy wedding.

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By emma, on 18 Sep 2011

how much is it to hold a wedding here please september 2012. 60 wedding guests and 80 evening

Dream Wedding Reception
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By Lizzie & Alex, on 08 Jun 2009

A huge thankyou once again for all you did for us on our wedding day.....our impending anniversary make our wonderful memories all the more vivid! Hardly a day goes by that we don''t look back with excitement and fondness and remember how magical everything was. Thank you for helping us create our dream wedding reception

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